Egg consumption on the up

The increasing popularity of eggs for dieters has been one of the key drivers for recent growth in egg consumption, according to British Lion eggs.

Recognition of their health benefits, and the end of the confusion over their effect on cholesterol, means that eggs are now being widely recommended as part of a healthy diet. They are also included in all major slimming plans, from established groups, such as Weight Watchers and Slimming World, to more recent trends, such as the Atkins and Paleo diet.

Egg consumption had declined consistently from the 1960s, until the launch of the British Lion scheme in 1998 halted the fall. Overall consumption has now returned to the levels last seen before the Salmonella in eggs crisis of the late 1980s.

In total, 32m eggs were eaten per day in the UK in 2014 and 11.7bn across the whole year.